Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Wonderful news!!!

The doctor has told my mom that she had her last round of Chemo last Friday!! We were expecting at least 2 more rounds, but the doc says that the CT scan looks great!

We are all happy, most of all Mom. Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. She is not considered "Cancer-Free", but we are getting there.

With this happy news I want to start a CONTEST! I am calling it "Knitbloggers for Blood". Here's how it works....

-Donate blood (or a blood product, ie platlets, plasma) yourself!
-Take a friend, husband, adult child (you get my drift)
-Send me a notification of your donation(s) including: your name, e-mail address, location (region of the country is fine), and who you roped into donating with you. Edited to add: You get one entry into the contest per donation! So if you take yourself and your hubby you get two entries!!
-Duration: Donations given today or after.
-I will draw a random name once approximately every 25 donations.
-Prizes will be knitting related (duh!)

Please consider making a donation! Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming and blood will be needed especially during those times! If you would like to donate a prize, that will also be appreciated, just let me know.

The last thing....Please spread the word...Please make an announcment on your blogs, let people know. It's for a good cause, the families of those in the hospital waiting for blood will thank you with tears of joy....I know I did.


Anonymous Cyndi said...

Gah - I have an appointment to donate at 4:30 this afternoon, but don't have enough time to rope someone into going with me! I guess I'll have to wait for 8 more weeks to qualify for your contest.

Also, I'm so glad that your mom is doing well!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Whoo hoo! I'm so glad to hear that your mom is improving!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

Haven't managed to get in to donate blood but I have gotten on the National Marrow Donor Program list. (marrow.org) Does that count? I'll have to check into where the blood donation center is around here. My husband has a non-Hodgekins lymphoma and is currently day +48 from a mini-allo transplant. I'll have to check into donation possiblities. Sometimes just getting a haircut is a major operation.
Glad to hear your Mom is improving. I saw your comment on Yarn Harlot.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Freecia said...

I'm considered a lightweight and can't donate blood (too small) but will encourage my boyfriend to donate when he can. I know he gave blood in his last blood drive.

Perhaps posting this to the Knitty.com boards will also help get the word out.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Fiberbliss said...

I was led here by a post on the Knittyboard. DD and I are blood doners. DH was the recipient of many gifts of blood that saved his life. Thank you for spreading the word.

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Carla said...

FYI - I give every 8 weeks which is as often as our local Heartland blood center will let you! My thought are with you and your mom! My dad had lymphoma and lived a very good 8 yrs. with it -since then 20+ yrs.Huge medical progress has been made- yeah!

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't give blood because I've had a liver transplant, but I'm encouraging all those around me. I know first-hand how much donations mean. Good health to you and your mother!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I have tried 4 times to donate - my veins keep collapsing! I get about 1/4 of a bag full, and zippo....I did get my hubby donating on a regular basis though, and my dad to donate platelets!

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Hey Martha, I mentioned this on my blog today for you. I'm a regular donor too and am scheduled for late November (every 8 weeks.)

Good luck and best wishes to your mom.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

That is terrific news, Martha. I can't donate, but I will do some judicious nagging.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth D said...

Great use of blog power, Martha! I won't be eligible to donate again until Thanksgiving, so can't enter the contest, but that's not why I do it. . . thanks for reminding people. And great news about your mom.

12:24 PM  
Blogger dancingbarefoot said...

Great idea for the blood donation! I'll try to get someone to come with me next time I donate.

Got a button? We could spread this into knitting blogland. :)

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Glad to hear your mom is doing better. I just donated yesterday. Canadian Blood Service lets us donate every 56 days, so I go pretty much every 2 months. Took a friend with me, but she got pretty woozy with the whole process, so she may not be back.
Colleen, from New Brunswick, Canada

3:59 PM  
Blogger vlb5757 said...

I wanted to leave a comment about the importance of donating blood. My father died of Luekemia in 1999. It was a hard 18 months after we found out he was sick.

I think God everyday for those folks who unselfishly donated blood. If they hadn't, my father might not have lived as long as he did. I have 0-Neg blood so the blood bank loves me, but sadly I have developed a form of anemia and can no longer dontate. Blood is a renewable resource that is FREE. So those of you who do donate, thank you so much. For those who never have, think about who you might give a second chance to. It takes longer to fill out the paper work than actually donating. I applaud you for talking about it and I hope your mother feels up to full speed soon.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Mental Rose said...

I'm not able to donate blood because of my medications, but my husband does , as often as he is able to. He's donated platelets, too. Anyway, I'll post a link to this on my blog and linkie bar and hopefully that will drive some other people here to your contest.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I'd love to donate - and have tried, even though I'm scared of needles, since I have O neg blood. However, I have genetic 'issues' (a predisposition to clot) I can't. Very, very frustrating.

btw, hopped over here from Norma's ;o) Glad to hear your mom is doing better!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

So glad to hear the good news! May your mom have a complete recovery!

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Shelli said...

I wandered over from Wendy's blog, I can't donate because of some annoying rules (really annoying since I'm O-), but I'm going to go blab to everyone to donate on my knit blog, personal blog and my LJ!

6:16 PM  
Blogger QoE said...

Just want to let you know that I donate every 56 days! It's an easy way to feel like I'm helping someone.
Cathy in MN

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Wonderland Ann said...

I have an appointment for Thursday night; I give every 8 weeks. It's easy to do, and they give you free chocolate milk afterwards. :)
Glad your mom is doing well!

10:23 PM  
Blogger somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Hi! I donated blood on the last week on the 18th. Does that count?

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Wondered over from Wendy. Red Cross won't take me (too bad, since I'm a willing O+). But my needle-phobic 16 yo DD gave for the first time last week

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for your mom and you and I wanted to say a big THANK YOU!!! I have been the recipient many times over of all these wonderful gifts of platelets and I totally wish I could give something back. It is nice to see that so many people are making such a positive thing happen.

THANK YOU again!!!

6:34 AM  
Blogger amylovie said...

I would love to make a yarn donation. Send me an email before you come to the shop, and I'll have it ready.


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

That is wonderful news! Congratulations. I'm glad your mom is doing well.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I'm going to call tomorrow and schedule a donation. I just moved to a new area (country, area, whatever, I'm in Canada now) and haven't looked up my local donation centers yet. Thanks for encouraging this; I'm always telling people that I donate as often as I'm allowed to make up for the ones who are afraid of needles.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Rachel T said...

November 27 with the Red Cross. All the best to your family.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Kirsty said...

Great idea. I posted your info on my blog too. DH and I are scheduled to donate on Sunday (we're regulars). Hope all goes well for your Mom.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Jes said...

Yay! I'm so happy she's doing better. Finally some good news =)

9:34 AM  
Blogger Lizzie said...

My heartfelt good wishes to you and your mom.

I donated on the 17th and just heard about your contest from Wendy. I donate regularly, four times a year, in memory of my dad who donated regularly. My husband is a regular too, only they take twice as much and only let him do it twice a year. He has whatever the universal blood type is so they love him. His dad had lymphoma and had twenty good years after his diagnosis.

You decide if this counts as one entry or two.
Lizzie, crow@well.com, from Campbell in Silicon Valley, California.

1:37 PM  
Blogger BlueRose said...

Oh how exciting about your mum!!!!!!

I am scheduled to donate next week, I have been donating when ever possible btween surgeries I think I am working on my 8th gallon now. I am also on the bone marrow list. Will let you kow when the deed is done! This time will be nerve wracking as last time they hit my tendon just now getting my normal arm usage back. I will always be greatful for the person(s) who donated that saved my lfe years ago!

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

I donate platelets regularly - but I can never convince anyone to go with me! (Cowards!)

I just donated on 10/20 (does that count?) and I am plannimg to donate again this Saturday.

I have donated for a long time - up to 11 gallons! It is good to hear that so many others make regularly scheduled donations!

Good to hear that you mother's health is improving.

7:03 AM  
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7:21 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Nothing could top this wonderful news but news that your mom is cancer free. I put a link on my website that will hopefully get people helping here is the link
Good luck with this endeavor I only wish I could have helped more.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I'm glad to hear your mom is done with chemo. It's a rough process!! Take care of yourselves!!

I'll be donating Thanksgiving day. I tried a couple of weeks ago and my iron was just two points too low. This gives me time to get it up.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your news. I can share the celebration - my dad just had major bowel surgery for colon cancer, and they've determined that it was all gotten, so no chemo.

He's been a lifelong committed donor, so yesterday, I gave in his name. I'm aiming to reach 50 donations some time in the next 12 months.

Thanks for this, contest or no, it gets the word out.


8:36 AM  
Anonymous Kirsty said...

As promised, I donated September 29th, with my DH, near Philly. I also posted a link to here on my blog.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Joyce Riedesel said...

I donated October 31st - right next to a very good Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. I donate every 56 days because I am O neg and my blood is in great demand. I live in Minneapolis, MN

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

My husband and I donated a few weeks ago, back in October. I think we can donate again in December. They usually call us like crazy. Glad to hear your mom is doing better.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Jolene said...

Thank you for doing this drive. My 3 yr old daughter is fighting Leukemia right now and so we see first hand how important blood donators are. Not only for her but for all the kids over in peds onc.

5:50 PM  
Blogger dancingbarefoot said...

I donated platelets again yesterday. Figured donations would be low due to the holidays, so why not?

9:20 AM  
Blogger tar said...

I have donated blood in the beginning of this month, but was not able to convince any of my friends to give too... (In their defence, three of them have low blood pressure and in previous attempts to donate blood have fainted... The other two are just sissies :P)

12:35 PM  

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